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Apple, Facebook will pay for female employees to freeze their eggs:

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Apple Inc and Facebook Inc will help pay for female employees to freeze their eggs…

From January, Apple will pay both full- and part-time employees up to $20,000 for procedure and storage costs for female employees to freeze their eggs.

“We continue to expand our benefits for women, with a new extended maternity leave policy, along with cryopreservation and egg storage as part of our extensive support for infertility treatments,” Apple said in a statement.

I’m pretty sure that Apple already covered its employees’ *medical fertility problems*. (If that’s mistaken, please correct me in the comments.) Something else must be new here. What is it?

Could it be, a benefit for egg-freezing as a pure career move? Let’s see:

“We want to empower women at Apple to do the best work of their lives as they care for loved ones and raise their families.”

NBC News reported on Tuesday that Facebook recently began covering egg-freezing for non-medical reasons…

Egg freezing is a pricey but increasingly popular option for women. It enables women to delay child bearing…

A sign of the times. Now that Facebook/Apple woman can freeze her eggs at 30, work years of 80 hour weeks, and then at 50 when she’s pulling 300K a year (and naturally infertile), pay a surrogate to do that other part of her life for her – you know, having kids from her eggs.

Honestly, I see nothing wrong with it – if she’s doing it all with her own money. The issue I see here is, Apple and Facebook are choosing to engage in a form of discrimination against their employees who don’t make (or shall we say, don’t need to make) that particular, optional choice.

Remember, the money comes from somewhere: the overall “employee comp” budget. Rather than pay tens of thousands of dollars for a hugely *optional* procedure for a special category of employee, why would Facebook/Apple not raise all employees’ bonuses by (say) a thousand dollars? That would empower far more women (and men, and transgenders) and be much more fair.

The free market will (or should) ultimately decide if Apple and Facebook have done the right thing here. In the meantime, some people appear not to grasp that freezing your eggs – purely as a career move – is optional:

“Egg freezing gives women more control,” said Jennifer Tye, marketing lead for Glow, a mobile application aimed at helping women avoid pregnancy or conceive.

“When I turned 30, I had this notion that my biological clock was ticking, but I didn’t know what my options were,” said Tye.

Really? At 30, she didn’t know what her options were? I hope she was misquoted; if not, it’s mind-boggling stupidity.

Suicide: Not Actually as Painless as the Theme Song from M*A*S*H Claimed

Posted by V the K at 7:57 am - October 9, 2014.
Filed under: Ideas & Trends

A woman with brain cancer is moving to Oregon so she can off herself. She doesn’t actually have to move to Oregon to commit suicide, but she wanted to make a statement because Oregon is a state that encourages people to commit suicide rather than become a burden on society. With the backing of a pro-suicide group, she has made a video.

Do people who are terminally ill have a right to off themselves? Sure, they do. That’s their choice. It’s not a choice I would support in all circumstances, but it is a choice they have the right to make. What I object to is making a big public spectacle of something that should be deeply personal and private. But, as is their wont, an activist group is using her example to push for a public policy saying that the state approves of self-termination. This is not an area where there should be any public policy at all, it should be something that goes on in the shadows, privately. At most, it should involve on the person, their family, and a willing physician.

Putting an official state imprimatur on self-termination devalues all life; and there has been far too much eagerness to devalue human life lately.

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When Liberals Daydream

Posted by V the K at 4:44 pm - September 19, 2014.
Filed under: Ideas & Trends

David Brooks — you remember him, the guy who voted for Obama because of the fabulous crease in his pants — wishes someone would spend half a billion dollars building summer camps for middle-aged men… so he could make some friends.

I envision a string of adult camps or retreat centers (my oldest friendships were formed at summer camp, so I think in those terms). Groups of 20 or 30 would be brought together from all social and demographic groups, and secluded for two weeks. They’d prepare and clean up all their meals together, and eating the meals would go on for a while. In the morning, they would read about and discuss big topics. In the afternoons, they’d play sports, take hikes and build something complicated together. At night, there’d be a bar and music.

Something tells me that progressives spend a lot of time fantasizing about building camps to send people to.

Chipotle: Your Anti-2nd Amendment, Pro-Communist Dining Choice

Posted by V the K at 11:47 pm - August 2, 2014.
Filed under: Ideas & Trends

The Chipotle Chain of bland, overpriced “Mexican” fast food made some news back in May when they took the side of lefty anti-gun group Moms Demand Attention, and informed law-abiding gun owners that their firearms were no longer welcome in their restaurants.

And on top of that, they have more recently commissioned a militant Vegan to select pro-communist propaganda to print on their carryout bags. e.g…

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Ponder the cognitive dissonance of a fast-food chain espousing a Utopian future where no one pays for food.

FTR: Qdoba is better, cheaper, and not quite so in-your-face leftist progressive.

Carl Sagan Foresaw Our Present Idiocracy

Posted by V the K at 11:12 pm - August 1, 2014.
Filed under: Ideas & Trends

“I have a foreboding of an America in my children’s or grandchildren’s time — when the United States is a service and information economy; when nearly all the manufacturing industries have slipped away to other countries; when awesome technological powers are in the hands of a very few, and no one representing the public interest can even grasp the issues; when the people have lost the ability to set their own agendas or knowledgeably question those in authority…

The dumbing down of American is most evident in the slow decay of substantive content in the enormously influential media, the 30 second sound bites (now down to 10 seconds or less), lowest common denominator programming, credulous presentations on pseudoscience and superstition, but especially a kind of celebration of ignorance”

― Carl Sagan, The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark

Proof Points:

The left claims to be “pro-science.” They also claim to be “pro-African-American.” How well has that worked out for African-Americans?

NY Times Writer Demands “Anti-LGBT Attitudes Should Be Stamped Out Ruthlessly”

Posted by V the K at 10:55 pm - July 25, 2014.
Filed under: Ideas & Trends

Josh Barro of the New York Times doesn’t think anyone should be permitted to have an “anti-LGBT attitude.”

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OK, so there are two questions raised by this rather authoritarian stance he has taken.

1. What is an “anti-LGBT attitude?” Opposition to gay marriage is obviously an example, people have literally lost their jobs for holding an “anti-LGBT attitude” on that subject. Apparently, the opinion that Michael Sam is a mediocre football player unworthy of the hype he has generated is also an “anti-LGBT attitude.” Also, it’s apparently an “anti-LGBT attitude” to differentiate between male and female newborn babies.

So, apparently, an “anti-LGBT attitude” is any attitude that does not celebrate every gay person and every gay agenda item or that offends in the slightest way the most hypersensitive LGBT.

2. What does it mean to “ruthlessly stamp out” such attitudes? Note, his language is not “encourage and redirect” but “ruthlessly stamp out.” That suggests both ruthlessness (without pity or compassion; cruel; merciless) and stamping out.

So, he’s kind of saying that people who have the wrong opinions on anything related to LGBT should be suppressed with force and violence.

Is that a reasonable reading of his statement?

BTW: Hillary Clinton apparently thinks no one should be allowed to publish books that are critical of Hillary Clinton.

Yeah, And I *Choose* Not to Be a Professional Hockey Player

Posted by V the K at 8:08 pm - July 20, 2014.
Filed under: Economy,Ideas & Trends

Lefty Investment writer wants you to know, he could be rich, he just doesn’t want to.

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The Times They Have a-Changed

Posted by V the K at 6:31 pm - July 15, 2014.
Filed under: Ideas & Trends

Society has completed a complete flip-flop from the 1950′s and 1960′s. The socialist left is now the Establishment, the libertarian-conservative right are the counter-culture.

Gone is the old-time deference to the establishment, the demand to respect your elders and the local police, the maudlin regret for the loss of old-world virtues. Now we are watching the emergence of a genuine counterculture radicalism among the right, an ethos that reflects the alienation of the New Left.

What’s changed and made this possible? Obama is an obvious first-level answer. As the hero of what remains of the organized left in this country, Obama embodies the worst of the establishment, a defender of the state in all its manifestations, including its military branch, its surveillance power, and its non-stop attack on free enterprise.

This has led to a reassessment of the old models among what remains among the conservative leadership. There is no desire to conserve the top-down model of political organization. In a country where the regime surveils, jails with impunity, wrecks foreign countries, grabs guns, uses the tax state for feeding oppressive bureaucracies, and so on, what could possibly be the point of conserving anything of the old governing establishment?

Read the whole ding-dang thing: Jeffrey Tucker – Is the Right the New Left?

So, I am firmly part of the anti-Establishment counterculture now, and all the lefties are the squares. Groovy, Daddy-O. And this time, no one will be telling us to “get a job,” though; all of us are working or want to be. It’s the Democrat base — the shock troops of the FSA — that live off welfare and trust funds.

The Heart of Hobby Lobby

Posted by V the K at 7:50 am - July 1, 2014.
Filed under: Ideas & Trends

As expressed by a friend on Facebook.

It’s not about Hobby Lobby or even religious freedom. It is far far greater in scope: The most shocking by far is how we have fallen as a society. A steady diet of promises made by scheming politicians to grab power and control, and entrenched through public education and media, has changed the entire fabric of our nation. We now fully expect that we can by force, make other people pay for our needs or desires. Almost nobody bats an eye at the notion of legal plunder. That is, using the force of law to take what belongs to one and giving it to whom it does not belong.

Or, as I have said, the Value Proposition of the modern Democrat Party, “We’ll take money away from people you don’t like and buy you stuff with it.”

And, of course, one of his lefty friends promptly commented that since he opposed the Government forcing businesses to provide contraception he must support child labor, too. Because that’s the typical quality of leftist argument these days.

Update:  This effete liberal outside the Supreme Court sort of makes the point: “You only have rights to things liberals think you should have.”

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Ralph Nader’s Flawed Thesis

Posted by V the K at 8:53 am - June 30, 2014.
Filed under: Ideas & Trends

Ralph Nader has a new book out in which he proposes an interesting thesis: Since both the left and the right are appalled by the corruption, abuse of power, and freedom-crushing excesses of the crony corporatist oligarchic state, why not join forces to press for much needed political and economic reforms?

In Unstoppable: The Emerging Left-Right Alliance to Dismantle the Corporate State, Nader lays out an agenda to bring together conservatives, libertarians, and liberals in the battle against corporate welfare, rampant surveillance, and the military-industrial complex.

It’s an intriguing notion, but it will never work. The key place where Nader gets it wrong is that he still sees the left through the idealistic lens of the 1960′s, and not in its modern incarnation which is very much statist and very much fascist. The typical leftist today doesn’t want to expand the horizons of individual liberty but to confine them; whether it’s getting people fired from their jobs for holding a politically incorrect opinion on gay marriage, telling football teams what to name themselves, or dictating the size of sodas the proletariat may enjoy. The left is the Establishment, and the left is wallowing in their political and cultural power.

They are not going to risk losing it over anything as mundane as freedom, liberty, and an accountable political class.

And then there is the other problem, an electorate so stupid and disengaged they re-elected a walking disaster as president because they thought his opponent was going to outlaw tampons.

I Am Not Sharing My Food with this Person

Posted by V the K at 11:42 am - June 12, 2014.
Filed under: Ideas & Trends

Lefty journo goes to a convention of preppers and engages in the practice of modern journalism; depicting people with non-progressive views as freaks, idiots, and… of course… racists, so that other lefty progressives can feel better about themselves.

I’d learned that preppers are, without exception, a bunch of fat racists playing with guns in the woods and throwing money down the drain to buy underground shelters and dehydrated foods to survive an event that’s never going to happen. Also, probably, they have at some point posted in the same internet forums as someone who went on to be a spree killer.

Confronted with the reality that prepping isn’t necessarily about Doomsday, but also about being ready for events like Hurricane Katrina or a large scale power blackout; lefty journo grudgingly concedes the point. Then decides that life after a major apocalypse wouldn’t be worthy living, because it would be too hard and boring.

Why would you want to survive the apocalypse?

Even though there was everything you could possibly need to make it after the world ends, there was not one single form of post-apocalyptic entertainment on sale. No card games, no books, no portable DVD players. Nothing.

Yeah, it would suck if your only sources of entertainment in the post-Apocalypse relied on interactions with other people. And, you know, obviously books and card games are impossible to acquire anywhere other than a prepping convention.

I do know of a gay couple, hereabouts, who converted their basement sex dungeon into a bunker for prepping supplies. They are also in the process of selling their home and moving to Montana.  Don’t ask me how I know these things, I just do.

Should Democrats Pay Reparations?

Posted by V the K at 11:34 am - May 25, 2014.
Filed under: Ideas & Trends,Identity Politics

So, once again, the progressive left is pushing the idea of Reparations; the idea that people who never owned slaves should give large sums of money to people who never were slaves in order to compensate, allegedly, for injustices suffered by the ancestors of non-slaves that were committed by the ancestors of non-slaveowners. (And a great way for Democrats to tell low-information voters that there is a huge pile of money owed to them that greedy Republicans don’t want them to have.)

But if the point of this exercise is “justice,” shouldn’t the weight of justice fall more heavily on those with the closest ties and relationships to the perpetrators of injustice? Because there is clearly one group of people who are far more responsible for injustices committed against African-Americans than other groups of people.

Which of two political parties in the USA was founded for the explicit purpose of abolishing slavery; the Republican Party. Which party supported slavery and opposed the abolition thereof; the Democrat Party.

Which party was it that instituted the Jim Crow laws, and maintained the institution of Segregation well into the 20th Century; the Democrats. What was the party that forcibly integrated previously segregated schools in the South; the Republican Party.

A majority of which party supported the 1964 Civil Rights Act; the Republican Party. A majority of which party opposed it; the Democrat Party.

Clearly, Democrats are responsible for the vast majority of injustices committed against African-Americans. Pay up.

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Universities Against Independent Thinking

The American system of higher education has become fundamentally anti-intellectual. Universities offer ridiculous courses on Lada Gaga and Tupac Shakur, entire majors are devoted to useless nonsense like Gender Studies, faculty demands that persons be jailed for holding unpopular opinions, student mobs keep politically incorrect speakers off-campus. Too add to the anti-intellectual atmosphere of the contemporary American campus, there is now a demand that teaching materials contain warning labels advising of politically offensive content.

“Trigger warnings” are the latest crusade on campus, reports the NYT. Students at prominent colleges and universities have been campaigning to force professors to warn students of potentially disturbing or offensive content in the course materials they assign. That could include everything from a violent movie to the anti-Semitic Merchant of Venice. The NYT:

The warnings, which have their ideological roots in feminist thought, have gained the most traction at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where the student government formally called for them. But there have been similar requests from students at Oberlin College, Rutgers University,the University of Michigan, George Washington University and other schools.

Because college is the last place a person should have to be confronted with opinions or ideas that challenge them.

#bringwhateverandstuff … Is this really how we handle things now?

I don’t really know how to express how puerile and silly the whole thing with the First Lady and that hashtag thing was, so I’ve put it down in a few thousand words instead (and included a thousand empty ones for you to play along and do your own as well).

(By the way, a whole bunch more here. I haven’t read through all of them, so if I accidentally ripped someone off with one of mine, it was totally unintentional.)

Have fun

Nick (ColoradoPatriot, from The Ranch)

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Does the Craziest Feminist Alive Represent All Feminists?

“Radical Wind” — The Feminist with the Fart Joke Name — is back. The voices are telling her that Global Warming will lead to total human extinction in 15 years, and that’s all the fault of men, and all men should commit suicide so that the feminist sisterhood can enjoy their final years in peace.

The major cause of this extinction will be that the global warming and melting of the ice has triggered a series of feedback loops of toxic gas emissions such as methane and carbon dioxide which were trapped in the soils and underwaters of the earth by the ice and frost. These feedback loops have already started, are now unstoppable and life on earth is already on its way to extinction. No technology can stop this — especially since male technology is part of the problem and their use and fabrication will only emit more greenhouse gases. Even if men’s system collapsed now, if all men died and we returned back to stone age, it is unstoppable. Unprecedented levels of methane and carbone dioxide have already been released into the atmosphere because of the warming and the more gas is emitted, the more the planet heats because of the greenhouse effects of the gas, and the more gas is emitted again. Once the air is too intoxicated plants will start dying too and if all or most plants die together, all the carbon dioxyde they sequestered will be released too, which only further intoxicates the air. There will simply be no more oxygen to breathe . . .

WHich is a slightly milder version of the Doom Obama’s “Global Warming Scare Change the Topic from Benghazi Report” that came out this week.

Men, homo rapiens, you scum, you filth. There is no word to describe the extent of your evil, you are pure evil, pure lechery. I hate you, how I hate you. In the 250,000 years of your rotten, defunct existence, you have managed to kill 5 million years of life on earth. . . .

The unstoppable death-machine has always only been orchestrated by the homo rapiens. By men. YOU. Women are not and have never been responsible for the atrocities committed by men, for men’s global industrial rape and death system.

If Todd Akin represents the opinions of all Republicans, Christians, and evangelicals, then it is equally fair to say that “Radical Wind” represents the views of all Feminists everywhere. Then again, if there are guilt-ridden liberal men who want to take her up on her offer, who am I to tell them not to make amends.

Once Again… Oh, Good Lord

Posted by V the K at 9:39 am - May 1, 2014.
Filed under: Ideas & Trends

Some people have seriously too much time on their hands.

A library patron asked the [Toronto] library’s materials review committee to pull “Hop on Pop,” a children’s classic written in 1963, because of the book’s violent themes.

The patron recommended the book be removed, and requested the Toronto Public Library not only apologize to Greater Toronto Area fathers but pay damages resulting from the book’s violent message.

The library committee was also asked to remove a book about the Kennedy assassination because of its controversial thesis that JFK was shot by Lee Harvey Oswald.

In my entire life, I have never been moved to complain about a library book. What’s wrong with people?

The Tea Party View of Government, Succinctly Expressed

Posted by V the K at 7:42 pm - April 25, 2014.
Filed under: Good Advice,Ideas & Trends

Matt Kibbe, president of FreedomWorks, has a new book coming out, titled, ”Don’t Hurt People and Don’t Take Their Stuff: A Libertarian Manifesto.”

“Don’t Hurt People, and Don’t Take Their Stuff,” is a pretty neat formulation of the proper role of Government; and is precisely the opposite of the Progressive Socialist philosophy that rules now. It harkens back to P.J. O’Rourke’s quote about the role of Government, “Keep your hands to yourself and mind your own business.”

Bill, keep your hands to yourself. Hillary, mind your own business.
Hat Tip: Daily Caller

Keeping Up with the Cardassians

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Star Trek’s Cardassians were a members of a brutal, authoritarian police-state. The Cardassian character Gul Dukat understood implicitly what many of us have struggled to understand; why the Gay Left isn’t content with winning gay marriage, but also demand that those who oppose gay marriage be forced to participate in gay marriage ceremonies.

Gul Dukat: A true victory is to make your enemy see they were wrong to oppose you in the first place. To force them to acknowledge your greatness.
Weyoun: Then you kill them?
Gul Dukat: …Only if it’s necessary.

["Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Sacrifice of Angels (#6.6)" (1997)]

I almost pity organizations like the Boy Scouts for naively thinking they could appease the Gay Left with some  compromises; Totalitarians are not interested in compromises. Neither is the Gay Left.

Is Idiocracy Really Upon Us?

Posted by V the K at 10:58 am - April 18, 2014.
Filed under: Ideas & Trends

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Almost a year ago, I began noting the similarities between the USA under President Barack Hussein (Elizondo Mountain Dew Herbert Camacho) Obama and the cult movie Idiocracy. Now, somewhere behind me on the curve, others are beginning to notice. Also, Here… “10 Things Idiocracy Predicted That Are Already Happening.” Here’s a sampling:

  • Scientists tell us the human race is actually becoming more stupid. It is estimated that average intelligence has dropped 14 points since the Victorian Era; primarily because, in the cradle-to-grave-welfare-state, intelligence is no longer an evolutionary benefit.
  • In the movie, “The English language had deteriorated to a hybrid of Hillbilly, Valley Girl, Inner-City slang, and various grunts.” That is certainly happening as text-speak invades conversational speak, crude idiots pepper every sentence with the f-word, the VPOTUS describes passage of terrible legislation as a “BFD”, and yesterday, the president of a Labor Union described the potential presidential candidacy of Sen. Elizabeth Warren as “It don’t get no better than this.
  • Entertainment consists primarily of Television shows about dumb people humiliating themselves. Tell me there’s an intellectual difference between “Here Comes Honey Boo-Boo” and “Ow! My Balls.” And in our present day, we have newscasts about …. very stupid people who claim to have seen a leprechaun.
  • Pepsi has released a Mountain Dew product spiked with “Electrolytes.” (That’s kind of a major Idiocracy plot point.)

It now makes perfect sense that elections are decided on the basis of one candidate accusing another of wanting to outlaw tampons, why campaigns are devoid of ideas and heavy on accusations of racism, and how our political leadership can make the decision that borrowing and printing limitless amounts of money is good economic policy.

I am just wondering how long evolution is going to put up with this.

Points to Ponder

Posted by V the K at 11:09 pm - April 6, 2014.
Filed under: Communism,Gay Politics,Ideas & Trends

The good news is, by next Sunday, the Mozilla controversy will be yesterday’s news. The bad news is, the gay fascists will be behaving even more obnoxiously by then.

But in the meantime, Matt Walsh thinks l’affaire Mozillique has stripped the mask off the gay activists.

It’s no secret anymore. Without question and without exaggeration, the ‘gay rights movement’ is the angriest, most ruthless, most controlling, most intolerant of all the ideological enterprises in the country. Now, everyone knows it.

And the Bookworm Room blog argues “We don’t have a “gay mafia,” we have a “gay Soviet.”

Once, we were a country that used its government to advance the notion that “that every person is entitled to a private life and deserves respect as a human being, irrespective of the extent of his political loyalty or contribution to the state.” Now, we’re a Soviet nation, in which private citizens are told that they must publicly recant their heresies or be destroyed.

I think they’re both right. And the really sad and scary part is most of the gay activist left is happy about what they’ve brought down on us.